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Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed

Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed.

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Treating the Many Sources of Chronic Pain

Many factors affect the experience of chronic pain. Henri Roca, MD, describes how he helps patients unravel and begin to reverse pain experiences. 

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Making Connections: Chronic Stress, Pain, & Addiction

What is the role of stress in increasing the risk of chronic pain and maladaptive behaviors such as addiction? How can primary care clinicians help patients manage present-day anxiety and unravel the stressful patterns of childhood? Functional Medicine teaches clinicians how to help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms through lifestyle modifications like exercise, meditation, an anti-inflammatory diet, and more. This therapeutic relationship has the potential to change the trajectory of pain and addiction in a patient’s life.

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Cutting-Edge Pain Treatment at the Veterans Administration

In this free Grand Rounds presentation recorded at Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Henri Roca, MD, elaborates upon the group visit framework used at the Veterans Administration for chronic pain.

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A Menu of Strategies for Chronic Pain Treatment in Primary Care

Patients have long sought non-pharmacologic approaches for pain, and they can be highly effective. Yet up to 40% of chronic pain patients report that they are not equal partners in making decisions about their care. Heather Tick, MD, shares her successful approaches for partnering with chronic pain patients on therapeutic lifestyle change.
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Primary Care and Treatment of Pain and Addiction

How many patients can you think of that do not suffer from poorly managed stress, chronic pain, or addiction issues? The vast majority of patients struggle with one or more of these three common conditions, which research demonstrates are often connected. The physiological underpinnings of stress, pain, and addiction often overlap, offering new avenues for therapies that provide improved outcomes.

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Chronic Pain & the Brain With Dr. Dave Hagedorn

Over the last 10 years, advances in human neuroimaging have begun to identify the elements of the brain involved in the chronification of pain. Based on brain imaging studies, there is accruing evidence that chronic pain results from alterations in neural networks. Dave Hagedorn, PhD, BCN, a leader in the field of non-invasive brain stimulation research, talks about chronic pain in an IFM interview.

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Dr. Dave Hagedorn on Chronic Pain in the Military Population

The incidence of chronic pain in America is rising. Military and veteran populations have unique characteristics as well as comorbid conditions like post-concussive syndrome and behavioral health disorders that complicate the treatment of pain. In an audio interview with Dr. Dave Hagedorn, learn how to interpret and treat chronic pain syndromes in this vulnerable population.

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Wayne Jonas, MD, on Salutogenesis & Pain Management

Pain is widespread in America, but even higher and more severe among individuals who have served in the military. In this podcast, Wayne Jonas, MD, describes how integrative medicine and a focus on salutogenesis can help resolve this situation.

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Decreasing Migraine Frequency With Nutrition

Migraine frequency greatly changes quality of life. There are several nutritional factors that can help migraine sufferers in your clinical practice.

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Clinician Interview: Working With Chronic Pain Patients

Chronic pain has been increasingly recognized as a biopsychosocial condition, and many clinicians believe that comprehensive interdisciplinary management is preferred over medication only. Functional Medicine clinician Dr. Henri Roca discusses his approach to chronic pain in a powerful IFM interview.

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Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain

Personalized nutrition is one of several potential opioid alternatives for chronic pain patients, and patients seek non-pharmacological approaches.

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